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A WONDERFUL RAILWAY CARRIAGE HOUSE ON THE BEACH WITH GARDEN AND SEA VIEWS

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Simon Warner-Bore

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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A WONDERFUL RAILWAY CARRIAGE HOUSE ON THE BEACH WITH GARDEN AND SEA VIEWS

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3 bedroom railway carriage house sleeps 6, near Selsey, West Sussex

Step back in time and enjoy nostalgia mixed with modern comforts in this unusual property, constructed over two 1926 railway carriages. The railway carriages in their original form run either side of the good-sized lounge/dining room. Situated on the beach at Selsey with fantastic sea views from the first floor lounge & balcony to as far as Brighton. Within easy walking distance of the local Bakers, Butchers and Gourmet Fish and Chips or fresh fish from the local fishermen just a two minute walk away.

All the bedrooms in our 3 bedroom home are contained within the railway carriages with original carriage doors. Lounge/Dining Room with stairs to first floor Lounge and Balcony overlooking the sea. Ground floor walk in power shower.

Enclosed garden with children’s climbing frame, rotary clothes line and private steps onto the beach.

Unlimited Broadband Internet Access.

Fishing: East beach (at the top of the garden steps!) has some popular fishing spots. The experts sit for hours trying to catch the bass, the novices wait until the summer and until the fish are jumping (you will see them from the balcony) and catch some mackerel for the barbecue.

Diving: If you are interested in scuba diving, Selsey has an active aqua club who can give lots of friendly advice. Their website intro says:

The Selsey Bill branch is a relatively new branch of the BSAC, formed in 1997 by a group of very experienced divers from the local area. Our most experienced divers can date their diving history back to the early 1970’s; some still even have their twin hose regulators hidden away. As a result we have many years of experience of diving in the local area and further afield..

We play an active part in supporting the local community through various activities and have very good contacts with both the local fishermen and the Selsey lifeboat crew; several having trained as divers with our group.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Simon Warner-Bore

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2009
Speaks English
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday house rental in Chichester, United Kingdom

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A wonderful railway carriage house on the beach with garden and sea views
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
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A wonderful railway carriage house on the beach with garden and sea views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417297
+44 (0)7971 834606
Chichester West Sussex
Bucks, England
5

Eccentric but delightful beachside cottage

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
What a fantastic place!

I booked this for my wife and I for some time away by the sea without children nagging us - and it was a great choice. The place is roomy and warm with a great decking area and garden on the ground floor. The balcony area on the first floor is simply delighful - sitting with the lights off listening to the waves on the pebble beach in front of you, very relaxing. You are not overlooked by the house on the right hand side (and there isn't a house on the left). People walking along the coastal path do peer in jealously and you can't help feeling a bit smug.

All the facilities were in top-notch order, a great shower and a comfortable bed. The kitchen is perhaps a bit low for 2 people over 6 feet but we were eating out anyway. Loads of seating, and even wifi for a sneaky couple of Facebook updates!

The other bedrooms were also well furnished.

The owner was always fast at email responses and helpful.

...and did I say it was right on the beach... excellent!
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear BigR, thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you had a good stay and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We hope very much that you will come back soon.

Thank you again.

Best wishes,

Simon
Helpful votes: 10/11
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A wonderful railway carriage house on the beach with garden and sea views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417297
+44 (0)7971 834606
Chichester West Sussex
London
5

Comfortable, relaxing and quirky

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
The house is extended by 2 railway carriages on either side; and the original carriage doors open into 3 good sized bedrooms . The balcony upstairs is just great to relax on, overlooking the sea. You really get a sense of peace and calm at this location and we couldn't fault it for a quiet getaway from London. Both upstairs and downstairs have spacious living room areas and french windows look out onto a garden. The garden backs directly onto the sea wall and so you literally step over the wall onto the beach, which we enjoyed doing several times a day. There is not a great deal to do in the immediate area, but a short walk along the sea front brings you to a great inn, which serves up delicious meals from the fish it has caught that day. The food and service here we really enjoyed. If you are looking for a little getaway and relax with good food nearby I'd highly recommend and have already told my family about it. The house is a bit remote however, so if you want to get around and explore the coast line further I would recommend a hire car, although the nearby cab services we found very helpful.
Owner's Response: Sarah, thank you so much for this review - it means a lot to us. We are really pleased you had a good stay and hope very much to see you next year. Best regards, Simon
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A wonderful railway carriage house on the beach with garden and sea views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417297
+44 (0)7971 834606
Chichester West Sussex
5

An idyllic getaway

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2013
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
I arranged this weekend trip as a surprise for my busy family and they were over the moon!!

It was appalling weather, but we still managed to enjoy what the property had to offer. I have 2 young boys (4 & 7yrs) and they were besides themselves to be 'on' the beach and that we could lie on the balcony floor in our sleeping bags and watch the sunrise!!

Out of season the fresh fish was not available, and the lifeboat shop was closed, but we still spent each day on the beach, ate brilliant fish and chips and snuggled inside to play games.

The property itself was lovely, warm and had everything you need for a weekend. Some of the F&F are a little warn, which adds to the character, but I was nervous about its durability e.g the curtains were hard to hang up with missing clips and the climbing frame looked like it had seen better days (to be fair it was the middle of winter).

I would love to return with our best friends but the rooms are 1 double, 1 triple and 1 single - hard to accommodate 2 couples easily???

Overall though we loved it - thank you Simon
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review and we are very glad that you and family had an enjoyable stay.

We love it when we stay out of season, even though there is less chance of sun, the weather can be so atmospheric and you get some spectacular waves to watch!

Thank you for saying the property is warm - we have always been very snug there in the winter.

The curtains are something we have been thinking about improving. I think it might be because they are quite heavy and to remedy this we are going down next week to shorten them, taking off excess unused fabric. I am sorry that there were missing clips and thanks for letting us know. We will sort this out next week.

We give the climbing frame a clean every change of season, but it can look worse for wear over the winter. I will give it a clean and a scrub next week and ask our gardener to give it a clean every month.

The accommodation is tricky for 2 couples. There is not much we can do about this with the way the rooms are laid out. There is a Muji sofa bed upstairs that is very comfortable and sleeps a couple, but that means you need to clear it away each morning.

We hope to see you again with friends.

Best wishes,

Simon
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A wonderful railway carriage house on the beach with garden and sea views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417297
+44 (0)7971 834606
Chichester West Sussex
4

Fantastic Seaside Position

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
The Cormorant is in a fabulous location, right on the seafront behind the promenade and located at the quiet end of Selsey (East Beach), with just the occasional dog-walker and jogger going past – though I’m sure it’s busier during the summer months. Selsey is not the prettiest place, but it’s very quiet and unspoilt, and perfect if you want to read, relax and walk, or just watch the world go by (bring binoculars and a book on the seashore). The Lifeboat Station is close by and worth a visit, and there is also an RNLI shop if you want to stock up on reading matter. Places such as Chichester, Arundel and Portsmouth are around a half-hour drive away if you want a bit more excitement.

As for the house itself, it was scrupulously clean and the beds (single and double) are the best we’ve ever slept in away from home. The property is at the stage where it could do with some updating, and the furnishings are past their best, as are the bath towels and bathmat. The worst feature is the poor lighting, which, whilst not a problem during the summer months, made reading during the evening quite difficult. And for any ladies wishing to put on some make-up for an evening out, bring an illuminated mirror if you have one. The kitchen was compact (so no dishwasher), but very well equipped. There was plenty of very hot water. There was also a TV/DVD player with a good selection of DVDs catering for all ages, if you want to tear yourself away from the sea view.

Do note that no welcome pack is provided, so make sure you have all the essentials for the first evening. There is a small complex of shops a few minutes’ walk down the road, where you will find a fish and chip shop, bakery, butcher’s, newsagent and general store – and in Selsey there is a Co-op and a Budgen’s. We looked forward to fish from Julie’s Hut and visiting the local bakery, after reading previous reviews, but during our stay at the beginning of October the bakery was closed until half-term holidays and the fishing-boats hadn’t been able to get out all week so the choice of fish was very limited. However, I can recommend the sole, which was delicious. We also had an excellent tapas meal at Viento De Levante on Selsey High Street.

Overall, I would be happy to return to The Cormorant and, with some redecoration, you might have to drag me away from it!
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are really glad that you loved the location (we still find it takes our breath away, even after 10 years!!) and that you found the house scrupulously clean and tidy and the beds were extra comfy.

Thank you for your comments about the lighting. We will be putting higher watt bulbs in the spot lights and adding a reading lamp to make it comfortable to read in the autumn and winter months.

I am concerned that you found some of the furnishings past their best and will review all floor coverings, sofas, bath mats with the review to replacing and deep cleaning.

We hope very much to see you back The Cormorant in 2013.

With best wishes,

Simon and Jocelyn
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A wonderful railway carriage house on the beach with garden and sea views
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417297
+44 (0)7971 834606
Chichester West Sussex
Nottingham, United Kingdom
5

A simply beautiful place

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
The Cormorant is an absolutely charming place to stay- we loved it even though the weather in early May was not kind to us! I had booked a weekend there as a surprise birthday present for my husband who was born near there, and used to holiday in railway carriages in his youth. The conversion of the two carriages, linked by a lovely double height lounge/dining space, is beautifully done. All the detail is still there, incuding the sign on the bathroom door! The kitchen is cosy, and you might struggle to make a full meal for 6 in there, but it was more than well enough equipped for the two of us. The double bedroom is very comfortable, but we can’t comment on the other beds as we did not use them. Worth noting that they are all singles, and one a bunk, so it may not work well with two couples sharing. The situation is great- right by a path that leads you along the coast in both directions. Selsey has all you might need, but Chichester is the perfect town for pottering around, and has great places to eat. We really liked Pallant House Gallery in the town, and it is also quite easy to get to the Festival theatre for a show. However, we mostly wanted to spend more time at the Cormorant, so lovely are the views and the sense of calm and tranquillity. We will definitely be back, maybe with our teenagers in tow, to test out all the facilities, but just hope the secret doesn’t spread too far too quickly!
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We feel like you about The Cormorant - when we are there we don't stray to far and spend as much time as we can relaxing by the sea!
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Location

Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Gatwick
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Portsmouth
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Chichester
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
A3 (M) Junction 5
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
East Beach
Car: not necessary

The Cormorant's rear garden wall is the sea wall! You are right next to the sea with your own gate leading to the beach. The Lifeboat Pub is 5 minutes walk along the sea wall in one direction and the best fresh fish in town are found at Julie's Hut five minutes walk the other way. A 10 minute walk away are the best fish and chips for miles around. A 15 minute walk, or short drive is Selsey with lots of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Further afield is the sandy beache of East Witterings, the beautiful bay of Bosham Harbour, Chichester and all the delights of West Sussex.

Other Activities: skateboard ramp.

Golf: The nearest golf course is Chichester Golf Club. The website introduction says: Welcome to West Sussex's Chichester Golf Club for all you need to know about membership, pay and play and society golf on our two 18 hole golf courses, 9 hole short course, driving range and Golf Academy. We have a sister club, Hill Barn Golf Club, in Worthing, a beautiful 18 hole golf course on the South Downs in West Sussex. Ideally situated close to Sussex's beautiful coastline, both Chichester and Hill Barn Golf Clubs' delightful golf courses offer superb golfing facilities to members, visiting golfers, and golf societies alike.

Each of our golf courses offer excellent playing conditions year-round, and with 36 holes plus our 9 hole Par 3 golf course, you'll find the ideal golf course facility right here in West Sussex.

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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday house in Chichester, West Sussex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Easter holiday
4 Apr 2014 - 17 Apr 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£755
for 7 nights
£755
 
 
Spring
18 Apr 2014 - 22 May 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
£181
for 2 nights
From
£178
Fri,Sat
£635
 
 
Summer 1/2 term
23 May 2014 - 29 May 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£755
for 7 nights
£755
 
 
Summer
30 May 2014 - 24 Jul 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£795
for 7 nights
£795
 
 
Summer holiday
25 Jul 2014 - 4 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£895
for 7 nights
£895
 
 
Summer
5 Sep 2014 - 25 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£795
for 7 nights
£795
 
 
Autumn
26 Sep 2014 - 23 Oct 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
£196
for 2 nights
From
£178
Fri,Sat
£685
 
 
Autumn 1/2 term
24 Oct 2014 - 30 Oct 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Autumn
31 Oct 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
£161
for 2 nights
From
£168
Fri,Sat
£565
 
 
Christmas week
20 Dec 2014 - 27 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
 
New Year week
28 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
 
Future October
11 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
£535
for 7 nights
£535
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £25.00
Refundable Damage Deposit £150.00
Notes ** FOR WHOLE WEEKS WE ONLY ** (except where there it indicates a minimum stay of 2 nights)

** WE RENT FRIDAY TO FRIDAY **

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The rates for the house are from £535 to £900 per week dependant on time of year.
Our minimum rental period is 1 week during high season and holidays (half terms etc.), however, we will rent for shorter breaks during

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Chichester in West Sussex

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Family
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Child Bed , 1 bunk-bed, 1 single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • The bedrooms sleep a maximum of 3 adults (1 adult double, 1 adult single, 3 children beds). The bedrooms are all in the railway carriages, with original windows and doors/door handles. A travel cot is available.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Video Player
  • Stereo
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Balcony
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horse riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
Pets are considered, however, details of the type and number of pets has to be provided. The owners permission has to be requested and given to each party. There is a charge of £25 per week for each pet to cover additional cleaning costs. Failure to do this may result in a loss of security deposit. This is to try to ensure that the condition of the property remains at a high standard.
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